Gordon Marketing, in collaboration with Nickel Plate Arts and the Hamilton County Artists’ Association, is looking for artists to paint mural panels to be installed on their newly-acquired building at 110 N. 9th Street in hip-storic downtown Noblesville. Artists may request to be considered for......

Ji-Eun Lee Music Academy is re-launching Art At The Switch exhibit space and is looking for December and January artists. If you would like your artwork to be considered for display at our music school please fill out this short online application . Additional Details:1.......

The latest issue of our Arts Guide magazine is here! You will be inspired when you read about all the amazing ways artists in our area have been getting their art in the open . . . and we’re pretty sure that you’ll want to......

Simona Buna has been an artist all her life. Harkening back to her childhood, she remembers her house as smelling of turpentine and oils and being filled with her mother’s and father’s canvases. One day when she was thirteen, she picked up a canvas herself......

Our Town Cicero is hosting an Artist’s Trunk Sale on Dec. 8, 12-4 p.m. at Red Bridge Park in Cicero. Registration is $20 and includes a 4×8 table. To register text Bonnie Ramirez at 512-796- 5498 by Dec. 1st. Additional Details:1. 10:30 a.m. set up,......

Jason Kistler, a local artist and photographer, began seriously taking photographs in 1992 during a black and white workshop at Ghost Ranch in northern New Mexico.  Over the past 7 years, he has experienced an overflow of photographic creativity. Kistler says, “Photography is my true......

Hamilton County Artists’ Association is accepting applications for Juried Artist Membership through the month of November. Prospective members are asked to submit their applications, submit three pieces of their work, and pay a prospective fee to join the juried organization. The Juried Artist Members are......

Community • Education • Arts, Inc. invites community participation and involvement by seeking submissions for the annual publication of The Polk Street Review. All creatives are encouraged (art, music/song lyrics, poetry, prose, photographs, etc) with all levels of experience from amateur to professional. The Polk Street......

Melissa Bruhn excitedly debuts her first solo exhibit at Nickel Plate Arts in January 2020. Bruhn will showcase a two-part theme, “Polarity”.  This theme will firstly highlight the literally “polar” creatures who may no longer be with us in a few years as their polar......

Craig Ogden is a painter that creates from a place of deep emotion. He personifies the term “labor of love.” Ogden started putting brush to canvas again after a decade-long hiatus from art as a means to escape his daily routine. Pushing paints around a......

Community • Education • Arts is excited to offer online Arts Showcase exhibit opportunities on our website. Each Arts Showcase exhibit lasts two or three months. We want YOUR original artwork (all mediums), writings (all genres), and songs/instrumentals (videos or MP3s) for our online Arts Showcase and......

The period between the 1890’s and the 1920’s is known in the art world as the Golden Age of American Illustration, and two Noblesville brothers were important contributors to this movement.  George Brehm (1878-1966) and Worth Brehm (1883-1928) grew up in Noblesville, graduated from Noblesville......

Same As U, a brand new nonprofit serving Hamilton County individuals 18+ with mild to moderate disabilities who have exited the school system, is seeking artists to paint chairs. These chairs are to be auctioned off at their Nov 1 fundraiser event.  In exchange for......

Fred Green is an artist that has always had a knack for storytelling. His heart and mind actively balance equal parts art and science on a daily basis. From his early art days earning a BFA in printmaking to his exploration of lithography as a......

The Hamilton County Artists’ Association (HCAA) is offering local artists the opportunity to display their work in The Birdie Gallery from September 5-28, 2019. The exhibit, entitled “Our Creative Community”, will be a non-judged event featuring the varied and talented artistic endeavors currently being produced......

Got a story to tell? Gather your friends and family and head to the Noblesville Library on Thursday, August 15 at 7:00 p.m. for our next “Story Slam”. Sponsored by the Hamilton East Public Library and Storytelling Arts of Indiana, Story Slam is an opportunity......

The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) has announced that 33 creative entrepreneurs throughout the state will receive funding for their business goals through the agency’s On-Ramp 2019 Fellowship. The fellows are part of the 2019 On-Ramp Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator. After completing a three-day course led by arts entrepreneurship trainer Elaine Grogan Luttrull, each......

As I sat on top of a high turquoise ladder, coffee customers and aromas swirling around me, I bounced to the happy 90s music filling Noble Coffee & Tea. I had a paintbrush in one hand and a masala chai in the other. What more......

How do you become a successful artist? Don’t rely on luck. Successful artists can transform raw materials into something beautiful with ease, find inspiration in the most ordinary places and create works that move us to pay up. They are so lucky, right? It’s a......

Once a year, the Juried Artists of HCAA battle against each other for ribbon awards, determined by a panel of guest judges with no connections to the Hamilton County Artists Association! It is an all-in-good-fun competition! Come see the “best” artwork HCAA Birdie Gallery has......

The Fishers Arts Council along with The City of Fishers is currently seeking artists, artisans and performers to participate in Arts Crawl-2019. The crawls are self-guided tours of the businesses in the Nickel Plate District and are held – rain or shine! This year, there......

Professional Maker-in-Residence Application  Description of Residency  Ignite Studio invites central Indiana artists to serve as our Maker-in-Residence for a 12-week period. Ignite Studio is an arts-focused makerspace designed to offer broad access to the Hamilton County community to a variety of art and making practices.......

Linda Cordial is still in the early days of her life as a painter. She started working in acrylics just a few years ago and enjoys dabbling in different styles, colors and canvases — painting on rocks, wood and slate. She has been known to......

Our Summer Arts Guide and Annual Report is now live. Look for the print version soon at Nickel Plate Arts’ Noblesville campus and at all of our partner and sponsor locations. We make this guide as a way of letting you know what’s coming up......

Fresh from a successful exhibit  in the Meyer Najem Gallery in Fishers, John Dierdorf returns home to Noblesville and to Nickel Plate Arts in June 2019 with “Impressions,” his first showcase exhibit in the Stephenson House gallery. The timing couldn’t be better, as Dierdorf celebrates......

Thompson Thrift Retail Group (TTRG), on behalf of Fishers District, the Fishers Arts and Cultural Commission, and Nickel Plate Arts is soliciting artist proposals for four prominent outdoor wall murals to be installed at the new Fishers District located on 116th and IKEA Way near......

  Art Fair on the Square, August 3, 2019 Sponsored by the Hamilton County Artists’ Association The Hamilton County Artists’ Association (HCAA) and its sponsors proudly present the annual HCAA Art Fair on the Square event. The artists selected for the show are by invitation......

The Noblesville Cultural Arts Commission will present its 27th annual production of Shakespeare in the Park the summer of 2019 – the longest running production in central Indiana!  The performances will be in the new amphitheater at the First Merchants Pavilion at Federal Hill Commons.......

It’s back! The Nickel Plate Arts Maker Faire returns this spring to showcase the works of our talented local artisans and makers. Join us on Saturday, June 15 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on the downtown Noblesville Courthouse Square alongside the 42nd Annual Strawberry Festival organized......

Fishers High School & Hamilton Southeastern High School Senior Showcase Open for Month of April at The Art Gallery at City Hall Awards Ceremony and Reception 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., May 3rd    Fishers (March 18, 2019) – “Senior Showcase” celebrates the 2D photography,......

Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Congressional Art Competition is an opportunity to recognize and encourage artistic talent nationwide, as well as in our congressional district. The Competition began in 1982 to provide......

2019 Theme: Folklore and Fairy Tales ~ Beyond the Fairy Dust Presentation event October 5, 2019, 6-10pm at Logan Street Sanctuary, Inc. 1274 Logan Street, Noblesville IN   Workshops: May 11 and August 10 2-4:30pm $25 per person payable via our secure Square Market: http://squareup.com/store/LSS/item/nice-workshops The......

We have some fresh faces on staff here at Nickel Plate Arts. Meet Koda Witsken: Name: Nekoda “Koda” Witsken What is your job title? Officer Manager What interesting jobs have you had prior to this one? Independent Contractor as an artist/muralist; senior business development executive......

Noblesville-based arts nonprofit seeks public input on naming the store and invites artists to submit potential inventory [NOBLESVILLE, INDIANA] – A Noblesville-focused gift shop is coming to the Downtown Noblesville Square. Nickel Plate Arts, in partnership with the City of Noblesville, Noblesville Main Street and......

A Call to Artists – Requests for Qualifications Riverview Hospital / Intuitive Health Fishers Public Art Sculpture Riverview Hospital, Intuitive Health, the Fishers Arts Commission and Nickel Plate Arts are soliciting proposals for a prominent outdoor sculpture to be installed at the new facility at......

Display your work in our Judge Stone House gallery this March! Many great pieces of art tell a story, and we’d like to showcase yours. Nickel Plate Arts presents, “Process: Exploring the Healing Power of Art” an exhibit that explores creative catharsis and the therapeutic benefits......

Keep Noblesville Beautiful seeks artists to design and create 1 or all 7 figures for a sculpture celebrating the Midland Trace Trail through a bicycle inspired art project. Above is a rough sketch of the idea and the location. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Interested artists must......

Nickel Plate Arts explores the therapeutic power of art We rely on innovations in medical technology and medicine to solve most of the physical traumas, diseases and minor ills that plague us. But when it comes to our mental health, traditional therapies aren’t always the......

Our new Noblesville-themed Gift Shop on the Square in Noblesville needs cheerful, friendly, Sales Ambassadors. We are looking to staff this space with people who are community-minded, sales-oriented, and interested in local art and artists. Shifts (up to 29 hours per week) will be available......

In March 2019, the Noblesville Gift Shop will become a permanent retail space for our community, aimed at selling Noblesville-themed arts, crafts, and handmade goods created by the Nickel Plate Arts community and its partners. The Noblesville Gift Shop first opened for the 2018 holiday......

Fairyville 2019: April 17 – 20 Open Call Out for: – Musicians, Actors, and Entertainers – Teaching Artists to run Workshops – Fairyville Tea Party Hosts – Artisans to create Fairy-centric merchandise – Volunteers for reception & awards Also – entries for the Fairy Home......

January 15 – February 28, 2019 Sponsored by Nickel Plate Arts and Blackhawk Winery & Vineyard We are pleased to announce the inaugural Blackhawk Winery Wine Label Art Contest.  One selected artist will be featured on the second edition art-themed wine label for the Blackhawk......

Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch along with Treasurer Kelly Mitchell and the Indiana Arts Commission announced details for the 2019 Hoosier Women Artists contest. “Receiving the artwork and meeting the women behind the pieces is something I look forward to every year,” Crouch said. “The artists......

Noblesville residents are invited to submit designs for a community art sculpture to decorate the interior of a new roundabout coming to the intersection of Field Drive and Cumberland Drive later this year. The winning design will serve as inspiration for a professional artist’s creation,......

  Artists and Artisans Call-Out: Spark!Fishers Art Fair Talented fine artists and artisans are invited to apply for the 2019 Spark!Fishers Art Fair. The Art Fair will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2019 from 8 a.m.-Noon alongside the weekly Fishers Farmers Market. The Art......

    THE ART GALLERY AT CITY HALL– CALL FOR ARTISTS   The Fishers Arts Council along with Nickel Plate Arts and The City of Fishers is currently seeking 2D artists to exhibit in the 2019 Art Gallery at City Hall in Fishers. Selected artwork......

Congratulations to our Prized Possessions winners! The November exhibit featured Nickel Plate Arts artists’ best works from the past year. After much deliberation, our jury of judges selected the following works:...

It’s been a busy year for Rodney Reveal. A retired firefighter, Rodney spends many weekday afternoons in his sunny studio on the first floor of the Stephenson House here at Nickel Plate Arts. With his four-legged assistant Thunder at his side, Rodney sits diligently in......

The Fishers Arts Council along with Nickel Plate Arts and The City of Fishers is currently seeking 8-10 artisans interested in demonstrating and selling their art in Fishers City Hall as part of Small Business Saturday’s Holiday Programming in Fishers.  Set to take place on......

A group of local creatives have joined forces to publish a new all-inclusive, light-hearted zine about Fishers and surrounding areas. “The Locale,” created by a skeleton crew of local folks who take pride in their community, will connect residents of the Nickel Plate Region with......

The Noblesville Preservation Alliance Presents the First Annual Seminary Park Lighted Sculpture Contest. The Preservation Alliance will be celebrating the holidays by creating a lighting display in Seminary Park using vintage and antique lights and decorations from Noblesville’s past. They want to continue the tradition......

Local performers are invited to take the stage with Fishers Music Works at two of Fishers’ favorite holiday events. Performers of all types can join Fishers Music Works ensembles for an entertaining holiday celebration at the Shop Fishers and Winter Wonderland events. Shop Fishers is Saturday, November......

The Heart Art Cultural Activation campaign is a project designed to highlight the Noblesville Cultural Arts District by featuring works by local artists that express their love for this community. The City of Noblesville seeks artists to design and create works of art inspired by......

We’re pleased to announce Curtis Honeycutt as Nickel Plate Art’s new marketing coordinator. He is a much welcome addition to our small but mighty staff team. Curtis will help take our marketing and promotion efforts to the next level. When asked why he’s excited to......

Another amazing Comic Book in a Day is…in the books! This year, the Ignite Studio at Hamilton East Public Library- Fishers hosted our 23 comic book artists in their new space on the lower level of the library (side note: if you haven’t seen the......

On September 12, 2018, Nickel Plate Arts hosted “Forging Sweet Arts,” our sixth annual anniversary party and third annual edition of the Nickel Plate Arts Awards. This important ceremony celebrates our region’s burgeoning arts scene and recognizes some of our most valuable artists and arts......

DESCRIPTION OF RESIDENCY Ignite Studio invites central Indiana artists to serves as our Maker-in-Residence for a 12-week period. Ignite Studio is an arts-focused makerspace designed to offer broad access to the Hamilton County community to a variety of art and making practices. Our goal is......

Calling all comic book artists and fans! One of our favorite Signature Events is back again and bigger than ever! Comic Book in a Day has attracted fans and artists from all over the midwest for the last four years, and with good reason. This......

For the month of September, Nickel Plate Arts Studio Artist Roseanne Crowell will be the Featured Artist at the Carmel Clay Public Library. Her work can be viewed on the Art Wall in the main entrance of the building. Patrons can purchase prints and cards......

    The Fishers Arts Council along with Nickel Plate Arts and The City of Fishers is currently seeking 2D artists to exhibit in October and December at the Gallery of Art at City Hall, Fishers, Indiana. The theme for October is Bountiful Harvest and......

Noblesville artist Michael Janosky has been selected as a 2018 Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Artist-in-Residence. Janosky was born and raised in Michigan City, IN near the Indiana Dunes and Lake Michigan. He is a 1983 graduate of Michigan City Rogers High School and a 1987......

We’ve decided to post all of our artist opportunities in one spot to make it easier for our network of creatives. Read on for call-outs and more, and be sure to read all the way through – we wouldn’t want you to miss an important......

Comic Book in a Day Returns Saturday, October 6th, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. at the Ignite Studio at the Fishers Library! We are excited to announce that the new home of Comic Book in a Day is the Ignite Studio at the Fishers Library.......

Two local artists in the Nickel Plate Region have been selected to participate in the High Art Billboard Project organized by the Arts Council of Indianapolis. Out of 127 Hoosier applicants, H. Ward Miles and Brian Brosmer were among the 10 applications chosen to have......

 Hamilton County residents, workers invited to take survey on housing needs  Anyone who lives or works in Hamilton County is invited to share their thoughts on local housing needs by completing an online survey available by clicking here. The multiple-choice questionnaire, which takes less than......

The new Nickel Plate Arts strategic plan will guide our organization through 2023, building on what we are doing well, what we have learned during our last six years, and how we can best serve our community. With this new plan, we have honed several......

Local artist, President of the Equine Arts Guild, and former Nickel Plate Arts Studio Artist Jan Snyder will be showcasing a new collection of art in our Stephenson House gallery this August. Her exhibit, “Pathways,” will feature the results of her exploration into a looser,......

We’ve decided to post all of our artist opportunities in one spot to make it easier for our network of creatives. Read on for call-outs and more, and be sure to read all the way through – we wouldn’t want you to miss an important......

Nickel Plate Arts Member Jessica Springman will be the featured artist of Greenfield Banking Company’s Art Gallery through September 2018. The GBC Art Gallery, located on the second floor of the Main Office at 1920 North State Street (SR 9) in Greenfield, is open to the......

The Fishers Arts Council is pleased to announce its 2018 Art in City Hall Exhibit Season. Each month, there will be a new exhibit of artwork reflecting a variety of topics relative to the City of Fishers and offered by the residents of Fishers and......

If you missed this year’s Annual Meeting on July 12th, fret not!  The transcript and Powerpoint Presentationfrom the meeting are available here!   Click here to view the Annual Meeting Powerpoint Presentation TRANSCRIPT: Welcome: presented by Corrie Meyer Thank you for joining us today! Once......

Nickel Plate Arts Studio Artist J. Rodney Reveal recently participated in the Oil Painters of America’s annual Salon Show Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils. During the opening reception on Friday, June 22, J. Rodney Reveal received a 2nd Place award in the Plein Air Competition for......

Tipton Main Street and Tipton County Public Library seek artists to design and paint a pedestrian crossing connecting the Library to the parking lot across Madison Street in downtown Tipton. They seek artists who can design engaging, inspiring, and family-friendly imagery to embellish the crossing.......

Nickel Plate Arts Studio Artists Lesley Haflich and J. Rodney Reveal left the four walls of their studios behind and have been setting up their easels up at the Prairie Guest House over the last couple of weeks. Both are all smiles, showing off their artwork during......

Looking for a way to support you local arts community?  Why not volunteer?! Each month, we need the help of talented, fun-loving people like you to support all of the amazing things going on in our arts community!  Here are the volunteer opportunities that are......

This past week, Nickel Plate Arts Studio Artist J. Rodney Reveal participated in Oil Painters of America’s annual Salon Show Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils. The exhibit and contest is hosted at Crooked Tree Arts Center, whose mission is “to inspire and enrich lives through the......

Nickel Plate Arts Studio Artist Eric O’Dell has been awarded an On-Ramp 2018 Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission. The grant is a continuation of their new On-Ramp accelerator, a program designed to boost the entrepreneurial skills of Hoosier artists through a three-day intensive training course,......

James Anderson is a local photographer, author, and longtime support of Nickel Plate Arts. After retiring from a 35-year career in information technology, he rediscovered his artistic side and has explored his creative skills through a variety of photo projects. He often finds himself inspired by......

Who doesn’t yearn for a summer vacation of beautiful scenery and adventure? This July, local travel lovers and arts aficionados are in for a treat as James Anderson offers a trip to the wild, wild west via Nickel Plate Arts’ Stephenson House gallery. Back for......

We’ve decided to post all of our artist opportunities in one spot to make it easier for our network of creatives. Read on for call-outs and more, and be sure to read all the way through – we wouldn’t want you to miss an important......

Our 2018 Summer Arts Guide – which includes our Annual Report – is now available! Click here to read the electronic version:                 If you’d like to have a copy mailed to you, become a member today!...

A popular hangout in Fishers has a new look. Handel’s Ice Cream on 116th street in the Nickel Plate District unveiled a colorful new mural on the east side of their building. Designed and painted by artist Craig Martin of Lafayette, the mural was a......

Here at Nickel Plate Arts, we are lucky to work with a wide variety of artists in our network through exhibits, classes, and events. Our annual Comic Book in a Day event gives us the opportunity to meet dozens of comic book artists from both......

We’ve decided to post all of our artist opportunities in one spot to make it easier for our network of creatives. Read on for call-outs and more, and be sure to read all the way through – we wouldn’t want you to miss an important......

Nickel Plate Arts is excited to present a special one-night-only showing of artwork from local drawing school MyArt. Offering curriculum-based programs in Noblesville since 2000, MyArt is a realistic drawing school serving children, teens, and adults in drawing and fine art instruction. Programs include guided,......

Nickel Plate Arts Studio Artist Ben Jennings recently applied to and won Indyhub’s IndyVolved 13 poster design contest, netting a cash prize and multiple applications for his winning design. Indyhub’s mission is to cultivate, engage, and support a community of 20- and 30-somethings who are......

Tori Weyers is a fine artist and designer specializing in mixed media, screen printing, and abstract painting. Weyers received her BFA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati and has a passion for creating work that engages and delights the viewer with rich visual narratives, strong......

Ben Jennings and Eric O’Dell, two of Nickel Plate Arts’ resident Studio Artists, have been accepted to the Indiana Art’s Commission’s On-Ramp program. A creative accelerator designed to help artists expand their art careers and entrepreneurial skills, this program features a three-day intensive training course,......

Noblesville resident, early-learning advocate, and Nickel Plate Arts member Philip Mott interviewed Executive Director Aili McGill about her new children’s book, about Nickel Plate Arts and the important role that the arts can play in education for children and adults! Click here to see the......

Here at Nickel Plate Arts, we’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Christine Merchent over the past year. A local fine art photographer, we first met Christine in the Spring of 2017 during her exhibit at Purgatory Golf Club titled “Ballerinas on the Green.”......

We’ve decided to post all of our artist opportunities in one spot to make it easier for our network of creatives. Read on for call-outs and more, and be sure to read all the way through – we wouldn’t want you to miss an important......

The Pendleton Artists Society will be featuring the work of Nickel Plate Arts Studio Artist John Reynolds during their “Spring Fling” exhibit this May. An artist with a multi-faceted creative streak, Reynolds worked for many years as an architect before transitioning to a career as......

This May, Our Town Cicero will be featuring the work of Nickel Plate Arts Studio Artist Roseanne Crowell during their monthly Arts and Design Third Thursday art reception at 10West. Known primarily for her work for in pastels, Roseanne has received many awards for her......

Michael Janosky is wasting no time. After participating in a two-person exhibit at the Hoosier Salon Carmel Gallery this past February, Janosky’s art will be featured in a solo exhibit at Blackford County Arts Center in Hartford City. “Making Marks” will showcase Janosky’s signature oils......

“A rising tide lifts all boats,” John F. Kennedy once said. It’s true for large economies and small, and it’s true for the Nickel Plate Arts audience of people taking and offering classes. In our case, the idea is that when you support or lift......

Looking for a fun job in an exciting, creative environment? Hamilton East Public Library is currently accepting applications for assistants in their Ignite Studio, a community arts makerspace that will be opening this summer. This position is part-time (20 hrs. per week).  Must be available to work a flexible......

Looking for a way to support your local arts community?  Why not volunteer?! Each month, we need the help of talented, fun-loving people like you to support all of the amazing things going on in our arts community!  Here are the volunteer opportunities that are......

Local artists: are you looking for ways to connect and work with Noblesville businesses? The Noblesville Chamber of Commerce has a FREE marketing opportunity for you! The Made in Noblesville 2018 – Taste of Business event will take place on Thursday, April 12th from 4pm......

By Casey Kenley Say you visit a gallery or art fair and are drawn to a certain artist’s style and work. You get a chance to meet the artist. You chat about the person’s craft, inspiration and background. None of the pieces you see is......

By Ailithir McGill – Nickel Plate Arts Director and April Showcase Artist After two years of work, four all-nighters between Christmas and mid January, a lot of stress on my relationships, and two months of back & forth with the printer, my children’s book is......

Sensory friendly day at Conner Prairie offers opportunity to engage in a slower, quieter setting FISHERS, Ind. (Friday, March 23, 2018/Conner Prairie) – Families with individuals living with sensory challenges can enjoy Conner Prairie for free while connecting with local organizations that can assist them.......

We’ve decided to post all of our artist opportunities in one spot to make it easier for our network of creatives. Read on for call-outs and more, and be sure to read all the way through – we wouldn’t want you to miss an important......

Hamilton Town Center is hosting its 5th Annual Chalk Art Festival on Saturday, June 9th, 2018, 1pm-5pm. They are in need of both Professional (age 18+) and Novice (17 or under) artists to  compete for best chalk mural. The top three artists in each category......

In 2015, in an effort to more quickly respond to late-breaking mural opportunities, the Arts Council of Indianapolis established a juried pool of highly qualified mural artists to refer to community members and to use for its own projects.  This pool was to be re-juried every three......

The City of Fishers seeks local performers to provide entertainment that showcases the vibrancy of and pride for the City of Fishers for Saturday, June 30, 2018 during Spark!Fishers. Spark!Fishers is an inaugural, weekend-long celebration in the heart of Fishers’ Nickel Plate District.  Performers are......

Calling all artists! Greenfield Parks and Recreation is installing a 4,000 square foot splash pad slated to open in May of this year. As part of this project, a new building will be constructed that will house mechanical equipment and two restrooms. The back of this......

GAI Consultants Inc. has partnered with the Fishers Arts Council to offer an opportunity for local artists to promote themselves and sell their work. With a location in downtown Fishers, GAI is looking for 2D art that reflects a positive, professional aesthetic to display on......

Indiana’s premier art, food experience needs volunteers Known as the state’s premier art and food experience, Indiana Artisan Marketplace (happening April 7-8 in the Exposition Hall at the Indiana State Fairgrounds) is the don’t-miss weekend for everyone who enjoys exceptional art, fine craft, and small-batch food......

The Anderson Museum of Art is currently accepting submissions for their upcoming “Figures of Speech” exhibit, happening June 26th – August 17th, 2018. All artists age 18 years or older in the Midwest (IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD,......

A brand new event is coming to Fishers this summer! Spark!Fishers is an inaugural, weekend-long celebration in the heart of Fishers’ Nickel Plate District. The community-led event is uniquely Fishers with over 80 representatives from the community driving the planning process, and they are looking......

Have you ever been inspired to create your own original artwork? Megan Hutchins caught the bug, and she’s clearly nailing it. Wanting to create original pieces to decorate her home, Megan had a blank wall that was begging to be filled with an inspirational piece.......

Local artists: want to make your mark on one of our most commonly visited spots? The Noblesville Parks Department has issued RFQs for two unique projects that will take place within Forest Park, just a short walk from the downtown area. The first project is......

We’ve decided to post all of our artist opportunities in one spot to make it easier for our network of creatives. Read on for call-outs and more, and be sure to read all the way through – we wouldn’t want you to miss an important......

Conner Prairie has recently partnered with Portal to the Public Network to offer free special training to artists. Their goal is to help art professionals develop the communication and public engagement skills needed to captivate an audience in public settings. This is a great, FREE......

Want to put the “art” in “heart”? The folks at Carmel Senior Living have an opportunity for you! Their “Heart of Art Intergenerational Art Show” is an opportunity display and sell your artwork with 10% of proceeds benefitting the American Heart Association. Happening Sunday, February......

The Fairy House Contest is back for 2018! Fairyville’s population is BOOMING and there’s a fairy housing shortage! Help homeless fairies by becoming a fairy architect and building the best house possible. We are looking for artists, individuals, organizations, and companies to build fairy houses......

Each month, we gather information about our Featured Partners  and their upcoming events in one spot so that it’s easy for you to see what’s coming up.  That spot is right here!   Noblesville Visitor’s Center Art Exhibit: Jim Oliver December 1- January 24 , Fri.-Sat. 12-5......

Tori Weyers is busy. Besides her full-time position as Director of Creative and Web Design for OneAmerica Financial Partners, Tori maintains a strong online presence through a variety of channels. She sells her artwork on Etsy and Society6. She teaches online classes via her website,......

Calling all Hoosier designers! Indiana University has announced its Bicentennial Medal Design competition, and anyone can enter. Leave your mark on IU history by designing one half to this historic medical, which will be awarded to individuals who have broadened the reach of IU to......

Nickel Plate Arts Studio Artist Michael Janosky will be featured in an upcoming exhibit in Carmel, Indiana. “Near and Afar: A Matter of Perspective” will feature the works of Kathryn Houghton of Crawfordsville and Janosky of Noblesville at the Hoosier Salon Carmel Gallery, located at......

We’ve decided to post all of our artist opportunities in one spot to make it easier for our network of creatives. Read on for call-outs and more, and be sure to read all the way through – we wouldn’t want you to miss an important......

All women artists in Indiana are eligible to enter the 2018 Hoosier Women Artists contest through Friday, Jan. 26. The contest is organized by Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Treasurer Kelly Mitchell, and the Indiana Arts Commission. Winners will have their artwork displayed Mitchell’s and......

The Indiana Arts Commision’s Individual Advancement Program (formerly known as the Individual Artist Program) Grant provides support to artists in all disciplines for career development projects. Applicants may request a maximum of $2,000. Grantees must plan a project, or phase of project, which can be......

Calling all wine-loving artists! Blackhawk Winery, our partner in the arts, is bringing their wine label design contest back for 2018 and they want to see your work! This year’s theme, “Love Letter to Indiana,” invites you to highlight what you love about our Hoosier......

The Indiana Arts Commission is introducing a new, free program for creative entrepreneurs. “On-Ramp” is an accelerator made up of three components: a course, a certificate, and one-on-one coaching. If 2018 is your year to take your art career to the next level, check out......

Attention, students! Looking for some assistance in paying for college? HCAA’s Visual Arts Major Scholarship can help! Administered by the Hamilton County Artists’ Association, this fund is meant to encourage and support the next generation of professional visual artists by providing financial assistance for the......

Tipton Community Theatre is in need of men to complete the cast of brothers for the upcoming production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamboat. Interested? Contact the Director, Joann Kaiser, or attend the cast read-through on Sunday, December 10th at 1:00pm at the First......

Each month, Nickel Plate Arts presents a showcase of artwork by a local artist or art group inside our Stephenson House Gallery. For the month of December, we’ll be displaying the artwork of local artist Shakila Garugu. A self-taught artist and art instructor, Shakila was......

We’ve decided to post all of our artist opportunities in one spot to make it easier for our network of creatives. Read on for call-outs and more! 2018 Polk Street Review  As 2017 wraps to a close, Logan Street Sanctuary is gearing up to accept......

The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District desires to collaborate with a local artist willing to donate their time and talents in developing a poster designed for patrons of food pantries as a way of inviting said patrons to consider gardening as a means......

Cool Creek Nature Center in Carmel is seeking artwork for its 2018 exhibit, “Nature’s Inspirations”. Artwork depicting nature, wildlife, or “nature-scapes” are eligible for submission to the show and can be represented in both 2-D and 3-D media. Nature’s Inspirations will run from February 17th......

Nickel Plate Arts Studio Artist Lesley Haflich will be the featured artist for CCA Gallery in Carmel for the month of December. Her show, “Potpourri of Paintings,” will be on display from December 1 – 31 at 111 W. Main Street. Her impressionist oil paintings......

Our next issue of Arts Guide is heading to member’s mailboxes! Get a sneak-peek by perusing the digital version here.  Just click on the image below:...

We’ve been looking forward to hosting a prize exhibit for the month of November, and our artists did not disappoint in providing fantastic, high-quality artwork for display. Each artist submitted their favorite piece from the last year, and we had a great variety of artwork......

Have you ever thought about art as a unifier? Here at Nickel Plate Arts, we think outside the box – or, should we say ‘the frame’? – in terms of art and use it as a way to bring people together. Art can be a......

Are you a muralist? Are you interested in public art? Here’s a great project opportunity in downtown Fishers! The City of Fishers, Fishers Arts Council, and the owner of the building located at 8760 E. 116th Street are seeking qualified artists interested in a commission......

We’ve decided to post all of our artist opportunities in one spot to make it easier for our network of creatives. Read on for call-outs and more! Artists’ Garage Sale! Here’s your chance to de-stash some of your no-longer-needed art supplies! Artists of all backgrounds......

Tipton Community Theater will be holding open auditions for their upcoming production, “Steel Magnolias”. See performance times, audition dates and times, character descriptions, and notes below.   PERFORMANCE DATES AND TIMES: Friday and Saturday nights, January 26 and 27, 2018, 7:30 PM, and Sunday afternoon, January......

Region 7 IAC Grant Opportunities Information Sessions Indiana Arts Commission Region 7 Partner, Butler University, will be presenting Information Sessions about the current grant opportunities for nonprofit organizations and artists in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, & Shelby Counties. Each session will include descriptions of......

Hamilton East Public Library seeks an energetic, creative, people-person to manage Ignite Studio at HEPL, the unique makerspace housed in the Fishers Library.  This is a full-time, salaried position with supervisory responsibilities that requires someone comfortable overseeing art projects, creative technology, and community partners.  Starting......

Each month, we gather information about our Featured Partners  and their upcoming events in one spot so that it’s easy for you to see what’s coming up.  That spot is right here!   Noblesville Visitor’s Center Art Exhibit: Michael Jack October 1-31, Fri.-Sun. 12-5 p.m. Noblesville Visitor’s......

Oct. 13 -24, Carmel Public Library This is the 67th annual premier exhibit of the Hamilton County Artists’ Association, held to give the public an opportunity to view and purchase work from the group’s Juried artists.   Included in the exhibit are 2D, 3D, and photography mediums,......

Each month, Nickel Plate Arts presents a showcase of artwork by a local artist or art group inside our Stephenson House Gallery. For the month of October, we are excited to feature the work of local artist Marianne Glick in her solo show, “Spirit of......

It’s been a big couple of weeks for our Noblesville Studio Artist, Rodney Reveal. Not only did he receive the Nickel Plate Arts 2017 “Artist of the Year” Award (in a tie with Christine Merchent), he also won 2nd place in the Oils category during......

Roseanne Crowell made it to the Winners’ Circle three times in the Drawing Category at the 2017 Indiana Wildlife Artists Fine Art Exhibit! She was awarded 2nd place for … “Waiting for Mom” White-Tailed Deer Fawn – Soft Pastel Third Place … “The Boss” African......

Nickel Plate Arts launched the Nickel Plate Arts Awards in 2016 to celebrate local leadership in the arts. We interact with incredible people every day who work very hard to keep creativity thriving in and shaping the Nickel Plate Region. We can do our part......

“When I think of home, it immediately takes me back to my childhood home and my family… it’s a feeling of love and belonging.” – Jill Broadhacker, Jillyjack Designs The concept of “home” conjures a variety of thoughts, feelings, and emotions for many. For some,......

Join the Hoosier Salon Carmel Gallery for a celebration of color this August as they feature the works of three local artist members: Beth Forst, Forrest Formsma, and Randall Scott Harden. Their exhibit, Poems in Paint, opens Saturday, August 12th and continues through September 2nd.......

This August will bring the artwork of Roseanne Crowell and Lynne Medsker to the main gallery area of ArtSplash Gallery in Carmel, Indiana. Roseanne, a Studio Artist at Nickel Plate Arts in Noblesville, works primarily in soft pastels for her wildlife and custom pet portraits.......

Each month, we gather information about our Featured Partners  and their upcoming events in one spot so that it’s easy for you to see what’s coming up.  That spot is right here!   Disney’s The Little Mermaid July 28-Aug 6, Fri. & Sat. at 8 p.m. and......

Awards to honor impact in the arts Contact: Ailithir McGill, Director: amcgill@nickelplatearts.org NOBLESVILLE, IND. — Nickel Plate Arts is seeking nominations for the annual Nickel Plate Arts Awards. The honors recognize individuals or organizations that show outstanding leadership and vision in the support, promotion and......

It’s clear to many that Bobbi K. Samples is the kind of woman who does what she wants. A local artist, entrepreneur, and renaissance woman, Bobbi has worn a variety of hats, including dancer, artist, teacher, realtor, and consultant, among others. After receiving her business......

Nickel Plate Arts Studio Artist J. Rodney Reveal’s work will be featured in a solo exhibition this August at Inspire Studio Gallery in Carmel. His show, “Here and There,” will run from August 2 – 29 with a special Open House on Saturday, August 12th from......

Looking for a fun project that will also have an impact on young girls? Sarah Morin is a published local fantasy novelist and poet in search of an artist with a whimsical and wry style to illustrate her new 32-page book, “Rapunzel the Hairbrained,” for......

Printing Partners maintains that arts organizations not only provide entertainment, but also enhance quality of life, educate children and broaden minds. A robust supporter of the arts, Printing Partners is a Level 4 sponsor of Nickel Plate Arts. Brian Miller is a senior account executive......

Our latest Annual Report and our Summer Arts Guide is now available!  This issue includes information about our 2016 accomplishments, a look back at the notable milestones during our five years of existence, and great stories about artists and art supporters who make a big......

As the first certified B Corp in Indiana, the Bohlsen Group uses “the power of business for good.” The full-service marketing firm pledges in-kind services to its nonprofit partners in the form of a 10 percent services discount of their overall fees. In its most......

Bryan Glover represents the third generation of Glover family ownership of Mr. G’s Liquors, founded in 1977 and co-owned by Bryan’s uncle Myron Glover. As a Level 1 sponsor of Nickel Plate Arts, Mr. G’s often provides wine and spirits for several of our events......

Each month, we gather information about our Featured Partners  and their upcoming events in one spot so that it’s easy for you to see what’s coming up.  That spot is right here! Meyer-Najem Showcase Exhibit: Alys Caviness-Gober June 1 – 30, viewing Monday – Friday during business......

The Fishers Arts Council is currently seeking 2D artists interested in participating in three specific exhibits in 2017 as part of Art in City Hall, an art gallery located in Fishers City Hall (One Municipal Drive). Exhibition themes include: July 7 – September 1: Night......

Can “fine art” be fun? Gold frames, precision-cut mats, and kid gloves are often the images that come to mind when we hear the words “fine art,” and understandably so. Artists often pour their heart, soul, time, money, and energy into their work, which culminates......

  “It was an opportunity to support an organization that encourages art at all levels,” says manager Brian Short of Prizm: the Artists Supply Store regarding the store’s relationship with Nickel Plate Arts. Students enrolled in NPArts classes including the popular Monday Drawing Class wield......

Being a supporter of Nickel Plate Arts’ is about much more than raising funds. With the City of Noblesville, we are working in tandem to make our home base a great city to live, work and visit. Steve Cooke, Deputy Mayor of the City of......

Each month, we gather information about our Featured Partners  and their upcoming events in one spot so that it’s easy for you to see what’s coming up.  That spot is right here! Meyer-Najem Showcase: Tom Slack May 1 – 31, viewing Monday – Friday during 8am –......

Bob Burnett is Regional Services Director for the Indiana Arts Commission, a Premium Level sponsor of Nickel Plate Arts. He works with people, organizations and municipalities in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion and Shelby counties to help carry out the IAC’s mission to positively......

It’s fair to say Church Church Hittle + Antrim was on the ground floor of Nickel Plate Arts. The Hamilton County law firm’s early support has helped us grow and evolve to make an greater impact in our shared community. Firm leader and partner Doug......

“All you need is faith, dust, and a little pixie dust.” – J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan If you think you’ve seen tiny houses, just wait. In just a few short weeks, Nickel Plate Arts will open its doors to the fairy folk of Hamilton County......

This year’s HeART of Tipton Art Festival will take place Saturday, May 13th from 10am – 4pm.  The Tipton Art Guild will have members and non-members showing, demonstrating, and selling art downtown as part of the many festivities going on that day.  Tent spaces are......

Nickel Plate Arts Studio Artist J. Rodney Reveal will have his work featured in Hoosier Salon’s “Chasing Daylight: New Work by Indiana Plein Air Painters.” Happening Saturday, April 8th from 5-9pm at the Carmel Hoosier Salon, Reveal’s work will be showcased along with 13 other......

Each month, we gather information about our Featured Partners  and their upcoming events in one spot so that it’s easy for you to see what’s coming up.  That spot is right here! Noblesville Visitor’s Center Art Exhibit: Thomas Howie April 1-30, Fri.-Sun. 12-5 p.m. Noblesville Visitor’s Center FREE!......

When most of us hear the word “maker”, we tend to think of woodworkers, blacksmiths, or other jobs involving sweat, grit, and dirty hands. While sewing certainly doesn’t conjure up such images, it is very much a creative endeavor with a product that can be......

The Equine Art Guild was formed in 2016 after a group of artists met at the Hoosier Horse Fair and Expo.  Bonding over their love for art and horses, they realized that few venues cater to equine artists, which would more than likely mean that......

  LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR, SPRING, 2017 Well, I’m finally doing it. I’m taking my own advice. After almost five years of cheerleading for artists, of gently pushing back when someone says they’re not artistic, of insisting that everyone has something beautiful and creative to......

Our local community is full of Makers producing one-of-a-kind items, and Nickel Plate Arts wants to highlight their impact in a brand-new initiative: Maker of the Month. In contemporary culture, a Maker can be anyone who uses their individual ingenuity to produce something, including artists,......

The Hamilton County Artist’s Association (HCAA) and its sponsors proudly present the HCAA annual Art Fair On The Square. The event is by invitation only, based on artist applications submitted for jurying. If you would like to be considered, please complete the application below and ensure......

Nickel Plate Arts Studio Artist Lesley Haflich will be the featured artist at the Speedway Center for the Arts for the months of March and April.  Haflich won the Nickel Plate Arts Artist of the year award in 2016 and has been featured in many......

Nickel Plate Arts Studio Artist John Reynolds announces a new gallery connection.  Reynolds, who  carves small figurines and makes jewelry in addition to creating his award-winning oil paintings, is bringing some of his creations to Avalon Jewelry and Pens in Zionsville.  You can browse the......

Indiana’s premier art, food experience needs volunteers INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 11, 2017) – If you enjoy exceptional, one-of-a-kind Indiana art and artisan food and wine, you will want to volunteer for the seventh annual Indiana Artisan Marketplace, March 25-26 in the Exposition Hall at the Indiana......

The 2017 HCAA Visual Arts Major Scholarship guidelines and application form are now available! Two scholarships of $1,000 will be awarded in the Spring 2017, for school year 2017-2018. The 2017 scholarship awards are made possible by a generous gift from Ken Bloomhorst in memory of his wife Roberta “Birdie”......

Noblesville Visitor’s Center Art Exhibit: Thomas Howie April 1-30, Fri.-Sun. 12-5 p.m. Noblesville Visitor’s Center FREE! HCAA is sponsoring monthly exhibits of selected member’s work to be on display at the Noblesville Visitors Center. Thomas Howie is the featured artist for April. Tomas started drawing......

No Spring Break plans? No problem! Be instantly transported to a variety of travel destinations through the captivating images of local photographer Michael Jack. From March 1st – March 31st, Michael will be filling our Stephenson House gallery space with new photography from his recent......

Here at Nickel Plate Arts, one of our core missions is to engage our local communities with great arts experiences. We especially love working with local organizations to bring outstanding art to unexpected places. To that end, our friends at Meyer-Najem Construction have partnered with......

Uncork your creativity for this artist opportunity that is sure to please your palate! Nickel Plate Arts and Blackhawk Winery & Vineyard are pleased to announce the inaugural Blackhawk Winery Wine Label Art Contest. One selected artist will be featured on the first edition art-themed wine label......

Artist Showcase, Feb. 1-25 It’s no surprise that many artists find inspiration in the natural world. From beautiful painted landscapes to stunning wildlife photography, nature is the motif that is most often represented in artistic form. Perhaps no practice connects so strongly with the natural......

The Belfry Theatre proudly announces auditions for The Foreigner by Larry Shue A wildly funny comedy that will keep the audience laughing – and rooting for the shy gentleman who has had the role of the “exotic foreigner” thrust upon him. This high-energy comedy centers......

Funding Will Fuel Arts Programs For Underserved Residents NOBLESVILLE, IND. — Nickel Plate Arts has received a $10,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to support community-building efforts in Hamilton County’s Jackson Township. The funding will help the organization invest in the creative economies of......

Cool Creek Nature Center in Carmel is seeking artwork for its exhibit, Nature’s Inspirations. Artwork depicting nature, wildlife, or “nature-scapes” are eligible for submission to the show and can be represented in both 2-D and 3-D media. Nature’s Inspirations will run from February 18th –......

When you become a member of Nickel Plate Arts, you are doing more than signing up for our mailing list and getting a cool window cling: you’re investing in everything that we are. As we started the new year, we analyzed our revenue streams in......

Consider art’s role in your life and how Nickel Plate Arts can feed your need Food, water, shelter. We need those things. But do we really need art? We would argue with an emphatic “Yes!” not just because we are in the business of running......

The ADDYS (American Advertising Awards), is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, attracting over 40,000 entries every year in local American Advertising Federation (AAF) Club competitions. The mission of the American Advertising Awards competition is to recognize and reward the creative spirit of......

Want to make a lasting impression in support of a downtown business? As many of you may know, local children’s bookstore The Wild is under new management. New owner John Bellmore is looking to the local creative community for help in decorating this downtown fixture.......

  When Braden Business Systems moves its headquarters to the downtown Fishers Nickel Plate District in 2017, you can expect to see some kind of public art — a painting in the lobby, sculpture on the grounds or mural on a façade, perhaps — on......

Noblesville Arts Council’s cultural arts district plans and its vision for the city Alaina Shonkwiler, the City of Noblesville’s economic development assistant director and convener of the Noblesville Arts Council, introduces us to the work of this exciting organization. What’s the Noblesville Arts Council all......

It’s a safe bet that you know an artist — professional or hobbyist — living within a few blocks of your home. We want to know them, too, and The Artist Next Door exhibit in January is a great place for all of us to......

Our November exhibit celebrates the Indiana Bicentennial with the best 2-d and 3-d works by some of Indiana’s top artists.   We invited Lindsey Lord, Public Art & Art Services Coordinator for the Indianapolis Arts Council, to help us judge our show.  Together, we selected......

The holiday season at Nickel Plate Arts offers you chances to create, shop and revel in the winter arts magic. Stop by for one-of-a-kind arts gifts at a range of price points. Don’t miss the “Handmade in Indiana” exhibit with art for sale, “Cookies and......

The latest Nickel Plate Arts Guide is now available. Woo-hoo! Download it and connect with the people and places who are celebrating, making and advocating for the arts in your community. Download it now! Inside this issue: ARTS PARTNERS Collaboration Grows: Noblesville Arts Council Fishers......

The Noblesville Chamber of Commerce and Nickel Plate Arts team up to offer The Art of Business: workshops taught by local business leaders designed to help artists build their business savvy. Each workshop will cover a new topic, including tax preparation, building a marketing plan,......

Award-winning Showcase Artist  When J. Rodney Reveal is at work, it is most often just inside the Stephenson House on the Nickel Plate Arts campus facing Eighth Street inside his sunny studio. Through the month of November, he will allow his paintings to fill the......

WE NEED YOU TO HELP US PREPARE FOR IMMINENT COMMUNITY CHANGES A shift is underway. As the largest generation in the U.S. labor force, Millennials are beginning to influence not just urban areas but also smaller and more suburban communities such as Fishers, Noblesville, Cicero,......

Nickel Plate Arts launched the Nickel Plate Arts Awards in 2016 as a way to celebrate local leadership in the arts. We interact with incredible people every day who are working so very hard to keep creativity thriving in the Nickel Plate Arts region, and......

Building community in Atlanta, one train car at a time Since 2012, people have gathered at Mr. Muffin’s Trains to hear the whiz of the trains going past, to marvel at the wall of brightly colored cars and to share in the model train craze.......

I am so very excited to announce that we will be launching to operational independence from Hamilton County Tourism on Jan. 1, 2017.  We will be our own, stand-alone institution with both the freedom and the responsibility to set our own trajectory and manage our......

Stephenson House gallery to hold 40 years’ worth of work in pottery Dan Howell sees more in a piece of clay than most of us ever will, a skill he has honed for four decades as an artist. His clay work began when he was a young......

  Corporate citizenship focused on the arts On a chilly spring day in May, Cynthia Tucker found herself in the studio of Kevin Huff. The sculptor had been commissioned by Meyer Najem to create a large piece of art on the grounds of the construction......

Couple brings travel bug to Stephenson House gallery John Cinnamon and Ann Craig-Cinnamon have spent three decades speaking into a microphone, sending their voices and travel experiences over the radio waves. Ann hosted morning shows at several area stations, while John did mid-days and mornings.......

The Arts of Ball State Alumni As a student, it can be easy to let go of a creative habit if you aren’t involved in a class or working toward a degree, but there are plenty of college graduates — perhaps particularly Ball State University......

We are excited to announce that we are the recipient of an Arts Operating Support grant from the Indiana Arts Commission.  This is the second year in a row that we have been recognized by the commission, and we are so very grateful for their......

Conner Prairie is participating in the Indiana Association of United Ways bicentennial celebration, titled “Bison-tennial Public Art Project.” The museum has a 5-foot-tall fiberglass bison with base. To mark Indiana’s 200th year of statehood, Conner Prairie seeks to commission a central Indiana artist to decorate......

Kids classes, camps and other programming at Nickel Plate Arts are true adventures. We’d love to see your young artists take a study break and get their creative juices flowing. Join us! FREE Visual Arts Camp July 19-22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (1-hr sessions organized by......

Starting in June, the Nickel Plate Arts Festival celebrates artists and arts experiences in the six towns along the Nickel Plate Railroad: Fishers, Noblesville, Cicero, Arcadia, Atlanta and Tipton. Check out these art-filled June 2016 events with dates, descriptions and links to more info. Get going!......

Lesley Ackman studied music at Indiana University and had a career in finance and accounting, but she found her true passion in photography in 2008. At that time, she was traveling a lot and enjoyed taking photos, but wanted to improve her skills. She took......

Meet and join the Hamilton County Photography group The Hamilton County Photography group meets monthly to share experiences, learn from each other and advance the art of photography. The open group includes amateur, professional, retired and beginning photographers. (Featured image of barn shown here by......

Art-centric summer can last all year The Nickel Plate Arts Festival is not a one-day event. Is it not about just fine art, just music or just growing community. It is not about one venue, one organization or one town. The Nickel Plate Arts Festival......

Our next issue of Arts Guide, which covers June-Aug, is HERE!  Click on the link below to read the latest stories about our arts community. June-Aug16NPArtsGuideFINALLo-Res   There are SO many events planned for June-August that we couldn’t contain them in this issue.  Our Events......

We’re happy to announce our new and improved membership program!  After testing membership levels and benefits in 2015, we’ve zeroed in on the levels that offer outstanding levels of engagement for Individuals, Artists, Nonprofits, and Businesses. Your membership not only gives you the opportunity to......

Shawn Deitch, an artist living and working in Carmel, Ind., will showcase her oil paintings in Nickel Plate Arts’ Stephenson House in May. She draws inspiration from nature and has a special interest in Indiana wetlands and lakes as well as seasonal landscapes and cityscapes.......

If you came to our First Friday in March this year, you most likely would have met Kat Ho, a Noblesville artist, graduate of the Herron School of Art, and Art Director for the Boys & Girls club in Noblesville (her artwork appears in the......

Here is the electronic version of our Arts Guide magazine for Mar-May of 2016.  Read about our upcoming events, classes, and about the people who make the Nickel Plate Arts region so great!  Call 317-452-3690 if you would like to receive a hard copy of......

Art of Business ‘Gearing up for Art Fair’ Class, May 18, 2016 Art fairs can be the backbone of many artists’ business plans, but it’s not always easy to get started. They often require a lot of money up front and can be very competitive,......

Charity Counts and Maxwell Hopkins are sharing the spotlight as our April Showcase Artists. Counts is the associate vice president of exhibits at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, and Hopkins, age 5, is in junior kindergarten at St. Louis de Montfort in Fishers. The mother......

The Fishers Arts Council leads the charge to enrich city culture “Where there’s culture, there’s commerce. When you have the two, the city will thrive.” This quote appears on the Fishers Arts Council’s 2016 Operations Plan and at the top of every board meeting agenda.......

At 93, Bob Arbuckle takes graceful steps to back his community It takes many threads to weave together the fabric of a community. Bob Arbuckle lends his creative thread as a Nickel Plate Arts member, dancer and advocate for the arts. Six days a week,......

Art is fundamental to who we are and who we were, as individuals and as a state. During the Creating Indiana Together exhibit April 1-30, we are celebrating collaborative efforts among artists and how banding together and leveraging each other’s ingenuity can inspire us to......

Video storyteller and artist Hannah Lindgren “I was mad,” she says. During Hannah Lindgren’s sophomore year at Lawrence North High School, she got shut out of the photography class she desperately wanted to take. Instead, she got stuck in a video course. “By the end......

Nickel Plate Arts will celebrate planes, trains, automobiles and all of the other ways we have traveled across Indiana history. We are seeking artwork, in all mediums, that celebrates 200 Years of Indiana Transportation. From horse drawn carriages to race cars, to hot air balloons......

We are holding a book-themed membership appreciation event on March 24th, from 6:30-8 pm and we are looking for up to 12 local authors and/or book makers to participate.         This event will be marketed directly to our members, as well as......

We’re getting new neighbors. Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development plans to redevelop the partially demolished grain elevator site in downtown Noblesville, just northeast of Nickel Plate Arts, to build the Elevator and Lofts — an arts-focused business incubator and affordable housing project. The Granary is......

Our Love Runs Deep February 5-27, 2016 The Nickel Plate Arts February exhibit, Feb. 5-27, puts a sense-of-place spin on our annual Love, Lust and Poetry exhibition. In honor of Indiana’s bicentennial, this year’s “Valentine’s” exhibit features works that depict what artists love about the......

Artist Q-&-A: Photographer Michael Jack Is Back! Lose yourself in the rich colors and details of artist Michael Jack’s photographs Feb 1-29, when we will fill the walls of the Stephenson House with his works. The public is invited to an opening reception on Saturday,......

After three years of operation, it’s now time for Nickel Plate Arts to dream big. We exist in the land of possibilities. We need your help to fill in the details of those possibilities and make them come true! Let us know about your vision......